U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and Senator Sherrod Brown issued the following statement on the 50th Anniversary of the enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965:
“Earlier this year, we stood with President Obama and Congressman John Lewis on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March from Selma to Montgomery, which, along with other efforts, led to the enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“Today, like many Americans, we reflect on the significance of this historic law on the 50th Anniversary of the enactment, which declared that all Americans, regardless of race, could not be denied the right to vote. We must continue our fight for an America that is free from discrimination and guarantees unencumbered voting rights for all citizens.”
Beatty and Brown are cosponsors of the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015. This legislation targets certain voting practices known to suppress the rights of minority voters. Two years since the Supreme Court gutted core protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in Shelby County v. Holder, many states and localities throughout the country have passed sweeping laws that disproportionately suppress the voting rights of minorities. These laws have left many without the protections needed to exercise their constitutional right to vote. This legislation would restore and advance critical voter protections.